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Started by Yammoto on Mar 6, 2018 2:37:53 PM
Pub Rock- what is it?

Prog on it on Sky Arts this week sometime. So what is it? My local boozer (ooh- get me) hosts the Bakers Boys- playing Hendrix, Led Zep and Chuck Berry very badly, fuelled by free cider. But hang on- pub rock has got to be more than that surely?

robbie76 - 06 Mar 2018 14:41:00 (#1 of 53)

There's already a thread on pub rock.

AlanII - 06 Mar 2018 14:41:10 (#2 of 53)

It was a genre predating, but bearing similarities to, Punk/New Wave.

robbie76 - 06 Mar 2018 14:41:55 (#3 of 53)

I would have said blues, r'n'b, country rock.

CaptainBlack - 06 Mar 2018 14:43:39 (#4 of 53)

Something not too demanding that sounds good after a few pints.

browserbutton - 06 Mar 2018 14:45:55 (#5 of 53)

A bit like pub food, for the ears.

robbie76 - 06 Mar 2018 14:48:08 (#6 of 53)

Here you go, yamma. You might recognise some bands

TheSwearingBear - 06 Mar 2018 14:52:13 (#7 of 53)

Great pub rock

Yammoto - 06 Mar 2018 15:01:22 (#8 of 53)

Ah thanks Robbie- I knew I'd seen a thread on it somewhere!

DonkeyOT - 06 Mar 2018 15:18:14 (#9 of 53)

My local boozer (ooh- get me) hosts the Bakers Boys- playing Hendrix, Led Zep and Chuck Berry very badly, fuelled by free cider. But hang on- pub rock has got to be more than that surely?

No - I'd say that that sounds like the very epitome of pub rock.

Peacock - 06 Mar 2018 15:38:10 (#10 of 53)

"Punks such as Sex Pistols singer John Lydon eventually rejected the pub rock bands as "everything that was wrong with live music" because they had failed to fight the stadium scene and, as he saw it, preferred to narrow themselves into an exclusive pub clique.[3]"

fucking tit John Lydon, Mr Pub Rock:

Bribaba - 06 Mar 2018 15:41:56 (#11 of 53)

One of the most popular pub rock bands were Bees Make Honey. Mostly it was plodding 4/4 rock. The Nashville in London's West Kensington was a key venue, going on to feature bands like the Cure, Joe Jackson and Eddie and the Hot Rods.

fogger - 07 Mar 2018 18:28:40 (#12 of 53)

In my band we used to do a song during rehearsals that was about playing gigs in pubs. It was called 'Doing a Pub Gig.'

It was funny. You had to be there.

mingmong - 07 Mar 2018 19:52:09 (#13 of 53)

I always thought it was all about local lads playing (mainly) cover versions with the occasional original number or pastische. Never thought of 'pub rock' as a genre as such

An outfit I vaguely knew used to play the pub circuit in suburban SW London in the 90s. Their crowd-pleaser was called "You smoked too much, much too soon" (played to the tune of the better-known Specials classic). Their bassist, a decidely odd but sharply-dressed individual, used to write the original material - rather tortured numbers with titles like "Strange Little Fantasy" which would occasionally be played at the end, once the dance floor had cleared.

Brunothecat - 07 Mar 2018 19:54:15 (#14 of 53)

Status Quo.

RosyLovelady - 07 Mar 2018 19:59:07 (#15 of 53)

For me, pub rock means the likes of Dr Feelgood, Mickey Jupp, Kilburn & the High Roads, Ducks De Luxe; possibly also Rockpile, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe ... but I never experienced it in actual pubs which is a bit of a regret.

Shadrack22 - 07 Mar 2018 20:57:44 (#16 of 53)

Ducks Deluxe

Dr Feelgood

The Kursaal Flyers

Brinsley Schwarz

Kilburn and the High Roads

HouseOfLametta - 07 Mar 2018 20:59:30 (#17 of 53)

The (Guildford) Stranglers

The Motors

Shadrack22 - 07 Mar 2018 21:01:18 (#18 of 53)

This sort of thing:

whitbreadtrophy - 08 Mar 2018 13:24:40 (#19 of 53)

Eddie & The Hot Rods

Bees Make Honey


Racing Cars

Jerry The Ferret

darkhorse - 08 Mar 2018 13:33:52 (#20 of 53)


Dumpys Rusty Nuts

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